While the storyline reminds you of another love story that was a rave in Kerala(Ennu ninte moideen) or a down-to-earth romance(Annayum Rasoolum) and makes you reminisce on the multitude of such love themes in movies ,the story-telling is engaging . And that makes this one movie Kismath different from others. Directed by debutant Shanavas K. Bavakutty, Kismath potrays the love and struggles of Irfan(Shane Nigam),a muslim B.Tech dropout and Anitha(Shruthi Menon),belonging to a lower caste, as they face oppression from family and society. The movie is based on a real life incident which happened in Ponnani a few years back .

For once ,the love story here has certain uncliched elements-whether it’s the love for an older woman or be it the heroine’s role of being an SC promoter . The movie tries to unravel the hypocrisy of the kerala society, which proclaims to uphold progressive attitudes, all the while hoisting the flags of conservatism at heart .Thus once again throwing open the doors for discussions on the caste issues and Janamaithri police in contemporary society .The mayhem caused by an Assamese worker and the confusion he creates among the policemen are the lighter moments in the movie.

The casting has been perfect with all actors falling into the required mould with ease . Shane lends the character the required intensity and  it’s refreshing to watch a newcomer. His dubbing, with all the slangs of Ponnani too has come out well. Shruti Menon gives flesh and life to her character with her remarkable performance. The movie will be a break for both its lead actors.

The background score by Sushin Shyam and camera work by Suresh Rajan ,adds to the emotional content of the movie. The song ‘Kisapathiyil’ might haunt you for quite a while.

The film has been made on a limited budget with the first half shot almost entirely in a police station. The actors Vinay Fort,Binoy Nambala, Sunil Sukhada, Surabhi Lakshmi also have done their roles well .The movie has its share of moments where the crowd cheers, despite the whole theme being a serious one. The dialogue by the character ‘Kamalu’ has done a rightful justice to the goodwill of women.

This movie falls into the realistic genre, and will be received well by such audience. And I still wonder why the director chose to flash his name on-screen, before the movie even actually ended.


Parandhu Sella Vaa Lyrics Translation


Parandhu Sella Vaa Lyrics Translation

Movie: OK Kanmani
Music:  A.R.Rahman
Lyrics: Vairamuthu
Singers: Karthik, Shasha Tirupathi
Production: Madras Talkies
Movie Release date: 17th April

Paranthu Sella Vaa (2)     
Just Like That
Paranthu Sella Vaa (2)

Come, let us fly…

Putham Puthu Veli
Putham Puthu Nodi
Thikkiyathu Mozhi
Thithikuthu Vali  [4]

Its a new place
Its a new moment ,
I am choking on words
This pain is sweet…

Ah Ah Ah Ah
Just Like That
Ah Ah Ah Ah
Just Like That
Yosukkaathae Po
Just Like That
Yaasikkathae Po
Just Like That
Paranthu Sella Vaa (2)

Don’t think ,
Don’t plead…

Nee Nee Nee
Nee Nee Nee
Neengaathae Theendaathae
Just Like That
Just Like That
Ah Ah Ah Ah
Just Like That
Ah Ah Ah Ah
Just Like That

Don’t leave me ,
Don’t touch me…

Yosukkaathae Po
Just Like That
Yaasikkathae Pø
Just Like That

Don’t think ,
Don’t plead…

Nanainthu Kølla Vaa
Mazhai Illaamalae
Iananthu Kølla Vaa
Udal Illaamalae
Mithanthu Šella Vaa
Maega Thundu Pøl
Karainthu Šella Vaa
Kaattru Veethiyil

Come, let us get wet without the rain
Come, let us unite without our bodies,
Come, let us float like a cloud
Come, let us dissolve in this wind’s path…

Paranthu Šella Vaa (8)

Come, let us fly…

Kadanthu Pøga Vaa
Bøøtham Ainthaiyum
Thølainthu Pøga Vaa
Pulangal Ainthumae
Maranthu Pøga Vaa
Ènna Paalinam
Maranthu Pøgavaa
Ènnam Ènbathae

Come, let us go beyond the five elements (pancha bhoothas)
Come, let us lose all our senses,
Come, let us forget our gender
Come, let us forget all our thoughts…

Paranthu Šella Vaa (8)

Come, let us fly…














It had all the green meadows and all the warmth required to make a memorable movie, but it lacked that one thing which is the keystone- the story. Picket 43 directed by Major Ravi falls short of expectation becoming yet another army-life movie. The prelude given by Mohanlal certainly infuses the patriotism-blood into the viewers but it clogs soon enough.

Havildar Hareendran Nair(Prithviraj) is disturbed by his posting to picket 43,the one station that nobody survives. He has been given a sniffer dog (Bacardi)to assist him on his lone stay at the picket which is a sandsack protected tent. Together they both traverse into the Kashmir LoC. It unveils before the audience a new face of kashmir ,with sunlit meadows and trickling creeks-in place of the usual ice-covered snowy lands. The loneliness of the soldier Hari is well potrayed with a bunch of scenes where he talks to himself and the aquaphobic Bacardi.

Time comes for cross-border friendship. Javed Jaffrey in the attire of a pakistani soldier(Musharaff) gets posted in the picket opposite to Haris’. The duo shares a camaraderie that reaches a point where Musharaff promises that he will not allow any pakistani infiltrators into india as long as he is guarding the loc. Meanwhile ,Lakshmi(Anshu Sharma)-Hari’s love interest gets married following her father’s whims.

In a scene,where Hari laments and throws into fire the photos of his beloved ,Musharaff offers him plain comfort by saying that all this pain would just be a joke to share a laugh with his wife in the future . The bar on education for girls,as is the case in several villages of Pakistan is being commented on in a brief scene. The second half features the same land in a snow-filled winter terrain and showcases a test of their friendship.

The friendship between the two hasn’t been given enough development with Javed Jaffrey given a much lesser screen space and a lilting stolid tone to his accent. Prithviraj does his role well while Renji Panicker overplays his part as the strict Colonel who is willing to standby his buddy in times of need.
The photography by Jomon T John is appealing to the eyes. The music by Rex Vijayan and Ratheesh Vega pumps up the mood when needed and mellows it when script demands.

With all due respect to the unwavering souls of the jawans and soldiers guarding our borders in the hostile climates, while I write this down in my comfortable latitude and  longitude ,this movie becomes a devised one with the sole aim of  being a tribute to the army men forsaking their lives for protecting our Bharath Matha .

“THIRA”- malayalam movie review


The movie begins with a larger than life character ‘Rohini Pranab’ played by Shobhana spurting out fiery dialogues to all on her way,her nature established as a strong-headed women.She is a cardiac surgeon and runs a shelter home ‘Arpana’ for  girls she had rescued from human trafficking.Her husband,a reputed journalist has been allegedly declared as a paedophile and died in disgrace owing to a cardiac arrest.She sets out to clear her husband’s name.

At the same time,Naveen(Dhyan Sreenivasan) sees  his own sister being kidnapped in front of his eyes in a matter of a second.The stage is set as both characters sets out to challenge the traffickers and save their dear ones.

Though the time frame set (24 hours) has added a ‘hard to believe’ touch to the whole story,the director has tried his bit in tugging at the socially committed being within us,but as all other movies do,the effect lasts only a few minutes out of the theatre.

We just have to sit back and watch stunned at Rohini’s expertise in this field ,that no matter what she will find a way out.”Trust me,I have done this before”,Rohini says.

As the name suggests it creates a wave(thira),one that has touched our feet  before too.The movie brought in memories of Kahaani,Calcutta News and Neram for me.

The camera work by Jomon T John needs special appraisal,as he tends to add that thrilling bit to each scene.A closer look might reveal that the camera has been put to a ‘shaking frame’ in most parts of the movie.Music by Shaan is equally engaging.

As a beginner, Dhyan’s performance is not bad.His voice and slang resembles that of his brother.

With many questions left unanswered,lets hope that the next part in the trilogy adds a bit more of life and beauty to the stringent mission that Rohini Pranab is on!

Final thought: Social Awareness(The plight of women)+Shobhana.This is not a pure suspense thriller,its part docu-fiction and part thriller!You won’t regret watching it!